This CD, which was out of print as of mid-2007, was the most successful and comprehensive single disc of RCA/BMG's various attempts to reissue Richard Rodgers' music for Victory At Sea in the digital era. The 14 tracks here, drawn from two distinct bodies of the stereo recordings of the score by arranger Robert Russell Bennett, in 1957 and 1959, represent most of the best -- and much of the truly inspired -- moments of the music. Additionally, although it has not been upgraded into the "Living Stereo" line or the SACD/hybrid series of recordings coming from BMG, the sound quality on this CD is genuinely impressive, richly textured, and extremely vivid, with the kind of timbre on the strings, the reeds, the brass, and the percussion that could have made this a great demonstration disc in the early days of digital audio. The annotation also explains a lot about the origins and evolution of this score, though one wishes that more about the recording history were included.
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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
|Victory at Sea, suites (3) from the film score for orchestra (orch. R.R.Bennett)|